Directive to Physcians

Will my End-of-Life Wishes Be Honored if I am Pregnant?

January 31, 2014

Erick Munoz’s nightmare began on November 26 when he found his wife, who was 14 weeks pregnant, lying unconscious on their kitchen. Although she was rushed to the hospital, it was too late. Doctors at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas told the family Marlise Munoz was brain dead. Marlise, a paramedic, didn’t […]

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Can a Comatose Patient Communicate End-Of-Life Wishes?

March 27, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned an article I read recently about a study that suggested 20 percent of the tens of thousands of  people in a vegetative state are able to communicate, but trapped in a body that does not allow them to do so. Using a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine, […]

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Life Or Death Decisions Are Never Easy

March 13, 2013

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The document that is often most difficult for my clients to sign is the Directive to Physicians, or living will, as many call it. It forces you to consider the potential that you may one day be lying unconscious in a hospital room […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2011

As families gather for Thanksgiving this year, estate planning is likely the last thing on their mind. Thanksgiving is a time to focus on the blessings for which we are most thankful such as our families, friends, and good health. Talking about death and incapacity is…well, morbid. It would likely be an unwelcome topic of […]

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Friday Funny: Advanced Healthcare Directives

May 13, 2011

Thanks to Michigan estate planning attorney, Mike Lichterman for sharing this very funny cartoon.

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What is a Living Will?

December 14, 2009

A living will, or directive to physicians, is a document that allows you to instruct your physicians not to use artificial methods to extend your life in the event you are diagnosed with a terminal or irreversible condition. Who may execute a directive to physicians? Any competent adult can execute a written directive in the […]

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